Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:
|Outlet||This Week||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|3||4||Caps are the league's best home team and equaling the pace they set last year en route to the Presidents' Trophy.|
|2||4||Got to say I’m pretty pumped for the 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic series on HBO after watching Mike Knuble talk about the 200 stitches he’s had administered to his face during his NHL career.|
|3||2||Poor goaltending, sloppy play with the puck, failing to shut teams down at crunch time ... the Caps already are in playoff mode.|
|3||5||The Caps looked better against the Flyers after a soft outing in Atlanta the previous night. Just one regulation loss in their past 11 games. Both Alexes (Ovechkin and Semin) are hot right now.|
|2||3||The high-scoring Capitals picked up three of a possible six points last week. Jason Chimera was a big part of Washington's success in Week 7, posting four points off one goal and three assists.|
|2||3||Alexander Semin on pace for career offensive season in contract year. What a surprise!|
|4||5||Capitals are 6-2-2 in their last 10 but are losing some games they shouldn't.|
|1||-||Craig Custance goes on the record - and goes on video. Those were the days my friend.|
|1||1||This team is not hitting on all cylinders yet and goaltending remains an issue, but it sure can score goals.|
|4||4||Is Alexander Ovechkin hurt? In the last five games, he has 12 shots on goal, his lowest five-game total since a five-game stretch in February 2007 (also 12 shots) and he hasn't had a five-game span in his entire career with fewer than 12 shots on goal.
Key Injuries: G Semyon Varlamov (groin), Tom Poti (lower body).
|-||1||Biweekly listing. Update next week.|
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